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Electric Peace
Electric Peace
Price: £11.73

5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked LOVE you will love PEACE, 12 May 2016
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This review is from: Electric Peace (Audio CD)
Steve Brown, who produced "Love" said something like this "if the Cult had stayed with me, they could well have enjoyed the same level of success but they would've kept their British identity, like the Who or Led Zeppelin." To me, "Love" is the Cult's finest hour, to a significant degree due to Steve Brown's production. It gives the songs ample space to breathe, embracing the Cult's roots in British goth/post punk. I found "Electric" to be a bit of a disappointment and I have since come to dislike Rick Rubin's production style, which seems to be turning everything up to eleven, paradoxically making the music sound claustrophobic and flat. Listen to his job with AC/DC for another example.

OK, so, then, my point: When I finally laid hands of the Steve Brown version of "Electric", a.k.a. "Peace", I had great expectations. And I was not let down! To my ears "Peace" is a far richer, more melodic and exciting record than "Electric". Big thanks to the band for letting us have this version although I must say you really took your time thinking about it. :-)


Chameleons
Chameleons
Offered by musik-markt
Price: £90.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy volume, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Chameleons (Audio CD)
The John Peel Sessions hold back a bit on the effects pedals and provides a drier, but equally enjoyable production. There's at least one song I haven't heard anywhere else, and it's a winner. Recommended to the fan. Novices should probably start with one of the three regular albums.


Siren
Siren
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The drug, 31 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Siren (Audio CD)
I grew up listening to this album.

I mean that literally.

By the time side two had finished and the phonograph stylus found its resting position, I knew something I hadn't known before: what the words art, sound and pop music have to do with one another. Other works by Roxy/Ferry may mean more to others, but to me, Siren will always be the one.


The Fan And The Bellows: A Collection Of Classic Early Recordings
The Fan And The Bellows: A Collection Of Classic Early Recordings

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner, 24 Jan. 2013
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Albums advertising "early recordings" by a band are usually disappointing. No such disappointment here!

The Chameleons play it a little more straight, but all the good ingredients are present: Burgess is his confident and urgent self, Lever is the cracking rhythm machine we have come to love, and the Fielding-Smithies guitars mesh beautifully (a bit like having John McGeoch and the Edge in the same band). Plus there is a handful of songs not available anywhere else, my personal favourite being "Love is". If you like, or think you might like, the Chameleons, "the Fan and the Bellows" is hereby heartily recommended.


Windfall Light: The Visual Language of ECM
Windfall Light: The Visual Language of ECM
by ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music)
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A little bland, 31 Oct. 2012
An earlier book, Sleeves of Desire, featured the album cover work of Barbara Wojirsch and Dieter Rehm. Wojirsch's work in particular set the bar for all ECM artwork to come. Windfall Light shows designs post-Wojirsch, post-Rehm. The New Series artwork is not at all bad, but it does look lifeless next to the earlier stuff.

I recommend collecting Wojirsch's original LP sleeves, because it's fun and it's the way the work was intended to be seen. Windfall light may then be useful as a catalogue for collectors as it offers a complete list of ECM albums with small photos and the designer names.


Joy Division [DVD]
Joy Division [DVD]
Dvd ~ Grant Gee

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, 10 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Joy Division [DVD] (DVD)
When reading Deborah Curtis's memoir "Touching from a Distance", the real revelation to me came at the appendix where all the Joy Division lyrics are printed shoulder to shoulder. To a shocking degree they express fear, disgust, alienation, confusion, or guilt. This observation is shared by one of the persons interviewed in the documentary: "Was THAT what he was singing???"
In hindsight, we feel that the signs must have been everywhere, but as the film shows us, nobody knew or cared where to look. I mean, pulling someone from their hospital bed to have them play a gig the night after a suicide attempt?

Everybody, including the medical people, seems to have been utterly clueless. This documentary reinforces my impression of a boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and didn't really stand a chance.
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Touching From a Distance
Touching From a Distance
by Deborah Curtis
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 10 Jun. 2011
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To paraphrase the widow of a famous writer: "The world needs sensitive artists but nobody should have to be married to one." Deborah and Ian Curtis must have had little in common to begin with and then grown apart so fast that their marriage became a small hell to both of them. The fact that Deborah Curtis seems bitter and accusatory towards her husband makes the book a painful read, but it does not in itself detract from the value of her memoir. On the contrary, it adds to the picture of Ian Curtis as someone who had to deal with his problems alone. The real revelation comes at the appendix where all the Joy Division lyrics are printed shoulder to shoulder. They almost uniformly express anxiety, disgust, alienation, confusion, or guilt. Yet everybody seems to have been oblivious that they were dealing with a dangerously ill man. Parents, band mates, manager, even his wife did not (still doesn't) know what kind of illness depression is. Luckily, society isn't as ignorant today, and there are better treatments. If I'm not mistaken I recall a British psychiatrist saying that the suicide rate in Britain has declined to a fifth since the emergence of Prozac and similar drugs.


View from a Hill
View from a Hill
by Mark Burgess
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Major disappointment!, 3 April 2011
This review is from: View from a Hill (Hardcover)
I am a big, big fan of the Chameleons, including Mark Burgess' lyrics that he sang in that inimitable, warm voice. I was looking forward to the inside story of a great band. But there's not nearly enough of that.

Burgess prefers recounting experiences of camping in Scotland and backpacking in the Middle East. And there's seven hundred pages of it! The book lists no editor and appears to have been self-published by the author. So much for full artistic control. He would have been better off with a professional writer helping him out.

ps. Burgess contributes regularly to the official Chameleons website, which is the best band site I've seen.
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Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £6.34

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar twang from Venus, 5 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Chris Isaak (Audio CD)
On the surface, this is a stylish retro album with Elvis/Orbison-inspired crooning accompanied by lovely western/surf guitar as well as an ace rhythm section. But the result amounts to more than the sum of the parts. You get Isaak's warm but heartbroken voice, plus James Wilsey's guitar which morphs into a second voice coming straight out of eternity. The wordless, chilling lamentations not only complement the lyrics perfectly but add another dimension. At times the music actually has hypnotic effects as it takes you to another time and place. I mean, these are love songs that made dreamscape-maker David Lynch sit up and listen.


Runner's In the Night
Runner's In the Night
Price: £14.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!, 10 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Runner's In the Night (Audio CD)
Fellow Desmond Child fan Arnfinn is right. Underrated classic for sure.
If you can imagine the east coast "Rumours", "Bat out of Hell" without the cheese, or "Born to Run" arranged and performed by the cast of "Fame" and like the idea, get this album.
If not, get it anyway. See if the "baby, baby, baby, baby" part on "Tumble in the night" doesn't give you goosebumps. I dare you.


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